The impact of the Ryder Cup ripples through Milwaukee’s businesses and economy

MILWAUKEE – The impact of The Ryder Cup continues to reverberate across the state as the event draws near. Its impact is also being felt in Milwaukee.

Because of COVID-19, it is coming a year later than expected.

“We had to come in. We got canceled, so here we are again,” said Paul McCrory, visiting from Philadelphia.

McCrory came as a fan. He’s staying in an Airbnb in Green Bay for the week.

Brandon Wilkens arrived from North Dakota to volunteer for the cup.

“I know it’s a really big event. Lots of people there. A lot of people need help. I felt it was a great opportunity to volunteer for this, ”said Wilkens.


At the Pfister Hotel and other major hotels in Milwaukee, Tuesday is called the calm before the storm. At the Pfister, every room will be reserved throughout the weekend as the cup events continue.

General Manager Tim Smith said a unique event like this in turn presents unique challenges, but they are prepared.

“We found out that we have people from all seven continents this week, believe it or not. So there are things you need to know, find out which banks are open for currency exchange, different types of pharmacies in the immediate area, ”Smith said.

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The daily shuttle to Kohler is also a big deal this week.

“We’re going to be sending out buses at 5 am,” said Theresa Nemetz, owner of Milwaukee Food & City Tours.

Milwaukee Food & City Tours has over 1,300 people booked for rides, as well as local Milwaukee tours that will take place before guests are sent to Kohler.

“They might never have thought of coming to Milwaukee, but they’re going to see the city, they’re going to fall in love with it,” Nemetz said.

The Ryder Cup is a golden opportunity for Milwaukee and its businesses to shine, with an event an hour away.

The Ryder Cup is expected to draw 40,000 to 45,000 people per day throughout the event.

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